The Civil War has been famously called a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight – which is a true complaint about almost every war when examined closely enough – but this book, in conjunction with a good deal of other recently published history, makes a substantial argument that the war was turned, and possibly even won, in the West. The capture of New Orleans and Vicksburg substantially cut the Confederacy in two but battles like Chickamauga saw the union advancing into the South and they may have been defeated but they were not dislodged and their presence allowed them to increase their strength and eventually tip the scale. From the longest bayonet fight in history on the banks of the Mississippi to the turning of the rivers red with blood in Tennessee the days of cavalry charges gave way to the era of trenches and instead of casualties being numbered in the hundreds dead they would now be numbered in the thousands.
This terrible sound : the battle of Chickamauga Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c 1992 Peter Cozzens ; illustrations by Keith Rocco Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863 Hardcover. 1st. ed., later printing. xii, 675 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. -645) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
When North and South met among the desolate mountains of northwestern Georgia in 1863, they began one of the bloodiest and most decisive campaigns of the Civil War. The climactic Battle of Chickamauga lasted just two days, yet it was nearly as costly as Gettysburg, with casualties among the highest in the war.
In this study of the campaign, the first to appear in over thirty years and the most comprehensive account ever written on Chickamauga, Peter Cozzens presents a vivid narrative about an engagement that was crucial to the outcome of the war in the West. Drawing upon a wealth of previously untapped sources, Cozzens offers startling new interpretations that challenge the conventional wisdom on key moments of the battle, such as Rosecrans‘s fateful order to General Wood and Thomas’s historic defense of Horseshoe Ridge.
Chickamauga was a battle of missed opportunities, stupendous tactical blunders, and savage fighting by the men in ranks. Cozzens writes movingly of both the heroism and suffering of the common soldiers and of the strengths and tragic flaws of their commanders. Enhanced by the detailed battle maps and original sketches by the noted artist Keith Rocco, this book will appeal to all students of the Civil War and enthusiasts of military history.